The Academy of Art 2012 Graduation Fashion Show & Awards Ceremony was a lively event. Hosted at The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth Street, the pre-show atmosphere was very lively and fresh, not unlike this new venue of Academy of Art University (AAU). It’s easy to know which of the honored guests of Sarah Burton, H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, and Philip Treacy the audience was looking forward the most, and for great reasons. Two of the student designers would win an internship with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (yes, I know!). By the night’s end, we learnt that the two student designers chosen were Maria Romero and Zhangchi Wang (more on their collections below).
But I’m getting ahead of the story. The fashion show showcased great talents (as always expected from Academy of Art students), and the quality of their work was just stunning. With a student fashion show at this caliber, sometimes I forgot that these designers were “just” students. Gosh, I can’t wait seeing their work fully featured as professional designers. Kudos to Dr. Elisa Stephens (President of Academy of Art University), Gladys Perint Palmer (Executive Director of the School of Fashion), and Simon Ungless (Director of the School of Fashion), and the rest of the school’s staff for forging the students and produced such high standard of quality year after year. Marvelously done.
Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show back in 2007, I was immediately in love with the amazing pool of talents this school gathers. After a long hiatus, I finally was able to come to this year’s May 7 Open House fashion show that was previously showcased two nights before.
When I first came to It is no secret that student fashion shows coming from Academy of Art University (AAU) is always highly anticipated and I’m happy that despite the super windy day (that scared some of the visitors that the huge tent we’re in was going to be blown away), the talents in this school is as high as ever.